- Hamilton, ON, Canada
- member since October 26, 2007
Adam Getty’s last login was Tuesday, May 26, 2009.
Hi! I’m from the Canada group, just popping by to let you know that we are trying to drum up interest in doing a group read. We have a thread started for anyone who is interested to let us know they are interested. Once we know there will be a few people, we’ll then decide on a book (Canadian author, of course!). Hope you decide to join us!
Hi Adam. I'm from the Canada group and just wanted to stop by to welcome you to the group. It's not a terribly active group, but it tends to comes in spurts. There is a Welcome and Introductions thread if you'd like to introduce yourself there. We also have a review thread if you read anything by a Canadian author. Of course, feel free to contribute to the other threads as well! Enjoy! :-)
Adam, I just picked up "/Repose", and even though I've only read a fifth of it, I have to say it's effen wonderful. The lyrics in it are just gorgeous, powerful and sublime. It's at my side, on top my own notebook, the 3rd book of verse I'm perusing these days, along with Bukowski's "The Pleasures of the Damned" (I've avoided him for years, finding him trite and scatological, but he has beautiful moments that I find nearly haiku-like, and he's a wonderful antidote to the mesmerizing...)...and Yeats' Collected Poems. I'd only skimmed Yeats before, only the "big" poems, so he's a fantastic revelation.
Congratulations on the new book, Adam. It's a real treasure.
According to this site you are my only friend.
Mary-Lou has One Friend. It says.
Missed launch was gestating flu.
Affliction one of all time favourites. Interviewed Russell Banks once. Got home my underam of my blouse completely ripped the whole time. Introduced him later that day for IAF and he didn't recognise me.
Steinbeck favourite all time.
Hi Adam, just finishing up grading finals and research papers...What joy! I'm curious: what were you speaking about at university?
As to your note: Yes, I too would have picked Joyce. What an amazing writer! He and his friend Beckett are just awe-inspiring.
I like Sartre to some degree. I have a problem w/ him after he said all of his philosophic writing was a prelude to Marxism. But Being and Nothingness is an impressive book, has one of the the best pragmatic descriptions of the problem of evil I've ever read. Literature and Existentialism is also quite smart. I also like his biography of Baudelaire, most of his plays and short works of fiction.
I'm interested to see what you think of Deleuze though; there are a couple of very good introductions to his work. And, as a sidebar, there is a French novleist Michel Tournier who went to school with Deleuze and is influenced by his thought: Friday and The Ogre are -- to my mind -- Tournier's best novels. There is another writer named Alexander Theroux -- check out Darconville's Cat...great stuff.
English Patient is grossly brocade and decadent (and you know how I love excess, sir); it made me feel slightly nauseous. You're reminding me that I don't have to put EVERY book I've read (not that I have yet) on the damn site. Collected Works of Billy the Kid and Running in the Family? Yup, I have to admit enjoying those two, at least years ago. Billy the Kid is a fine, fun, dark book. It's rough around the edges and gangly in its form, which I like.
Al's work, from age 18-freakin' years old to the work he's writing at this moment, which of course we won't see for another 8 - 10 years, not in book form, certainly, is of such a high quality that I'm just left shaking my head, Adam. And that's a fine book you wrote, by the way. Al's just in another realm entirely, and I absolutely agree that we should do our damndest to jump as high, as often, and with as much fearlessness and genius as he does on a daily basis, even if we mostly end up on our arses, wiping our noses on our sleeves. Whatever. Every now and then I realize how lucky I am to have heard his criticisms, and been able to take them to heart.
I'm sorry I missed your launch, Adam. I'll be picking up your book shortly, you can be sure.
And I'm sure that you could defend both those statements about him. He's one of the finest poets in English writing now, end stop. And Mark Strand, John Ashbery, John Hollander, PK Page, W.S. Merwin and Harold flippin' Bloom would all agree with you, too.
Adam! Thanks for the invite: it's Bookworms Gone Wild! Brazenly sharing our shelves; I love it. And I couldn't agree more: the work in Al's new book is SICK. I can see at least a dozen poems which are absolutely extraordinary: "Zoo Keeper", for one, is stunning.
You know, I can't boast anything close to a thorough knowledge of poets writing in English, but I can't really imagine anyone writing too much better than Al has in these last, oh I don't know, 15 or 16 books? I mean, his complete poetry is well past the thousand page mark, isn't it? Considering the consistently nigh-inhuman level of writing in those books, that's absolutely ridiculous. Think of Auden's criteria for genius, and then look at Al's work, tip to toe. Scary, in'it? Anyway, I'm waxing sycophantic, as is my wont, when thinking of Al's work, which I feel totally trapped by these last 7 or 8 years or so.
Hi Adam, I sent you an email a day or two ago, but thought I'd post a note as well. Yes I've read quite a bit of Lacan (And have met Zizek a couple of times). Have you read Badiou or Deleuze? I'm quite an admirer of Deleuze; he's an amazing thinker. As for poetry, yes I consider my self a poet --- though that hardly says much these days --- but I write fiction as well. I've also have written for Film Quarterly a couple of times. I look forward to chatting further, perhaps sharing some work with each other.
I haven't published a book yet, but you can find some of my articles at: http://www.helium.com/search/search?search_query=rebecca+reece
I am writing a book now, and have two others in the wings. I think the first one has been difficult because even though it is written as fiction, it is largely autobiographical. The next two are purely fiction, and will go faster.
Excellent. Any suggestions you would make about, maybe, books I must read before I die (however long a list that might become) feel invited to do so.
And I tried looking for your book and didn't find it. Did you add it? Or ask them to add it? If so, I've got a tonne of poetry they need to add. And a scanner that would be willing to help, I'll wager.
Let me know.